Sony announces animated Spider-Man
Sony Pictures announced plans for an animated “Spider- Man” feature from the “Lego Movie” writing/directing team of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord on Wednesday at CinemaCon. But the beleaguered studio failed to address the elephant in the room for the audience of theater owners at the annual conference: “The Interview.”
In December, amid the hack on Sony and perceived terrorist threats, the major theater chains decided not to show “The Interview” in their theaters. In a statement, Regal Entertainment Group referenced the “wavering support” of Sony in Regal’s decision not to show the film. Ultimately, Sony orchestrated a day- and- date release for the film, and it maintained the position that exhibition of the film was the sole decision of the theater owners.
Speaking publicly to theater owners for the first time since the hack, Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, kicked off the studio’s presentation saying only that “there were a few stories written about Sony last year. A couple that I’m going to embellish for our grandchildren.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s new chairman, Tom Rothman, assured the theater owners that, in the wake of the hacks, Sony has not only survived, but thrived. “Thank you for sticking with us and understanding some unique circumstances,” he said.
But nowhere in the presentation was any explicit reference made to the unprecedented situation surrounding the release of “The Interview.”